Quarter One Update – Pt. 2

So this post is long overdue. I teased you all on my original post about how great things are happening  for me and how my journey is proving successful and then I left you hanging! Well, I’d like to finally formally announce my new path in life. They are two-fold and complement each other while at the same time honoring all of my passions! Isn’t it amazing how everything comes together?

First, I am currently in school to become a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH. Secondly, I  am now a CERTIFIED WELLNESS & MEDICAL TRAVEL SPECIALIST.  In the about section of my blog, I talk about how “this blog will showcase my commitment to pursuing my passions and seeing what manifests over the course of a year. The topics on my blog are what I’m most passionate about — Travel (mind), Food & Nutrition (body), and Spirituality (soul).” Let me tackle each of these passionate areas to discuss how my faith journey is manifesting exactly what I requested.

Travel – I am already a Certified Travel Agent and have been for a few years. But, with my new certification I have a niche that will complement my health coaching business. The idea behind that is to plan wellness retreats for my health coaching business, help others plan spa and wellness vacations, and work with individuals interested in taking trips for medical purposes. This last part, medical travel, is becoming very popular and with the state of our health insurance in the USA, it is becoming a viable option in order to get medical procedures done at a reasonable cost. Major companies such as Walmart, Pepsico and Lowe’s already offer it to their employees as part of their health benefit.

Food & Nutrition – Food has been a passion of mine forever. I’ve always loved GOOD food. I can go into a Whole Foods or a specialty food gourmet store and linger for hours. I’m an avid ingredient reader and make sure that the majority of the food that I purchase and consume is healthy. Becoming a health coach would allow me to help others in their quest to be healthy. The program I am going through actually teaches Integrative Nutrition meaning it’s more than just the food you eat. To be completely healthy you’ll need to also look at other aspects of your life — your career, your physical activity level, your spiritual life, your relationships — to ensure that your whole self is well. It definitely takes a holistic approach to wellness. In case you are interested in learning more for yourself, see Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Spirituality – Even though the health coaching’s focus is on wellness, spirituality plays a role in your well being so I would be helping others with that. But, this blog has always been a platform for me to help others in a spiritual sense. I’m not talking about any religion or certain rules that you should follow. I’m talking about looking within yourself and following your intuition and being the best “you” that you can be. I’m talking about taking charge of your life and having gratitude along the way. I’m talking about attracting more of what you want and distancing yourself from what you don’t. Realize your worth and what you have to offer to this world to make it a better place.

So, as you can see it is all starting to come together. When I started this blog on May 24, 2013 I didn’t know what my next career move would be. I just knew that the direction I was going in wasn’t it. I only knew what I loved and what I was passionate about so I immersed myself in those things and started actively doing those things. I spent more time doing and less time hoping. It is so awesome how the universe aligns and works to give you exactly what you want and need once you put your mind to it and take the initiative.

I can’t wait to share what may manifest at my six month update!

-CB

Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number

I’m watching one of the Real Housewives reality shows and they are talking, or rather stressing out, about their age and weight…normal women stuff. Now while we want to keep our weight under control for health reasons, I don’t get the whole stressing out thing about your age. I don’t get why women are so scared to tell their age. Is it because they look that much older? Someone please explain this concept to me.

Me, at 43, excited about the future.

Me, at 43, excited about the future.

Women are under so much pressure to remain “young”, but men have no such expectations. There is nothing wrong with remaining “youthful” in your thought processes, energy levels, and embracing new ideas, but to try to relive an age you are clearly not is ridiculous and time consuming.

I am 43 years old. There, I said it! I remember when 30 was considered old (I was a teenager). I, for one, would never want to relive my teen years or 20’s. Seriously. They weren’t horrible, but knowing what I know now there is no way in hell I would go back and relive those years. With age comes wisdom, better self esteem, more confidence, and more money. I can’t wait until I get 50 and 60 and 70! Being in this space at 43, I can’t wait to experience all that life has to offer at 53. Do you know how much can happen in 10 years? A lot happens in 30 days. I am just brimming with excitement and anticipation for what is waiting for me around the corner.

Below I’ve listed some tips for you on how to mature gracefully.

  1. Don’t repeat mistakes. The whole purpose of living is to learn lessons. We all make mistakes and will continue to do so, but hopefully the big mistakes are fewer and farther in between. The more you learn from your mistakes and understand that life is one big classroom for learning, the better off you’ll be.
  2. Don’t try to be something you’re not. If you are 50, dress your age and more appropriately, your body type. Dressing your body type really applies to all ages. Like I said earlier, there is nothing wrong with learning new things, staying current in relevant topics, and keeping up your energy levels, but there is no need to hang out where 20 year olds hang out, listen to their music, and dress like them. This is not all inclusive. You may like a hip hop song or some youthful piece of clothing but your whole wardrobe or music collection shouldn’t be such. You’ve grown up…remember? A 50 year old that is still trying to live like they are 20 is a waste of 30 years.
  3. Stay healthy. If you take care of yourself, that will take care of looking youthful all on it’s own. There will be no need for medicines, potions, lotions or creams. Eat whole foods that grow out of the ground, drink plenty of water (at least 64 oz./day), get plenty of rest each day, stay positive, and keep your mind stimulated by reading, doing word puzzles or taking classes. These things will guarantee you youthful vitality.

Tell me how you feel about maturing? Are you scared? Stressed? Worried? Explain to me why. Do you think you can alleviate these worries by doing something differently?

-CB

My Favorite Quote

Give so much time to improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

I heard this first on the Oprah Winfrey show back in the 90’s, but I just found out that this line came from a larger quote by Christian D. Larson from his book, “Your Forces and How to Use Them”. I’ll definitely have to add this to my Must Reads.

christian-larson-book

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. LarsonYour Forces and How to Use Them

-CB

My Natural Journey

In my quest to better myself and be the ME I am meant to be, I’ve also decided to live as natural a lifestyle as possible. In terms of food, I’ve always leaned more on the healthy side so that wasn’t a huge deal. When I wanted to lose weight last year, I tried JJ Smith’s Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out plan. It worked well. The reason I chose that one over the other zillion diets out there was because I was still eating real food. And, food that was healthy for me. It is a 3-week detox and a strict vegan diet. The main principles to follow are:

  1. No white carbs
  2. No alcohol
  3. No caffeine
  4. No sugar
  5. No dairy
  6. No meat

There you go. I just gave you the information FOR FREE. Now you don’t have to buy the book although I would still recommend it. It also suggests supplements, additional fiber and a green powder (like Wheat Grass).  I did it for 6 weeks and once I completed that, it gave me a great foundation to use going forward when grocery shopping or eating out. So, eating more natural food…check!

curly_pic_nosmileIt just occurred to me this year that I should also expand my natural living to include everything. Right now, I am focusing on my body and that means skin care products and my hair. As for my skin care products, I am experimenting with various natural facial and body cleansers and different oils or body butters for moisturizing. I’ll do a blog and video in detail about those later. As an African-American woman, I have decided to transition from a relaxer in my hair to my natural hair state. (For all of you non AA’s, this means that instead of using a chemical in my hair to straighten it every 8-12 weeks, I am going to leave it in it’s curly state.) 🙂 My last relaxer was March 7, 2013 and I’m just at the point where I would’ve gotten another relaxer by now. I went to my hair dresser and she washed it, deep conditioned it and put it in a spiral roller set for me. The result was great! It was cheaper too! I’ll have to make sure that I visit her often. I will post more about this as well as create video blogs with my experiences and product testing as well.

I’m really excited about this journey. As you can see everything is intertwined when you are striving to be the ultimate YOU. And, it’s all very exciting. Until next time…

-CB

Day 1

5/24/13

This is the start of my new life. I am taking steps to pursue my passion and follow my God-given day-1purpose here on Earth. A lot of people wonder what their true purpose is. I say to look at where your passions lie.

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I remember playing school and I was the teacher. Growing up, I had a knack for explaining things to people to make it easier for them to understand. As an adult on the job, I’ve trained others and received accolades. I really enjoy helping others in that way. I believe my teaching now lies in helping others on a spiritual level.

I’m not exactly where I want to be yet, but this blog will help me to get there. By sharing my goals to the world, I have more accountability to stay the course and by exhibiting and practicing faith, I’ll get there. Instead of watching so much TV, I’ll be doing more reading, writing, meditating, seminars, bonding and whatever else I need to do in order for me to connect with and meet the right people. I’ll be using myself as an experiment to show that when you have faith, anything and everything is possible.

Jumping out on faith is not easy. Our ego (mind) leads us to believe that things are harder than they need to be. It’s easy to say, “I have faith” or to tell others to “have faith”, but when you have to make those hard decisions and surrender, it gets complicated. Well, it’s not really complicated but we make it that way because we are scared of the unknown. We are so used to “seeing is believing” that it’s hard to reconcile that there is such a thing as “believing is manifesting”. I want to help others pursue their passions and purpose in life by simply having faith and taking the necessary steps to get there. I want to be that example.

I’ll usually start a goal gung-ho and then fall off. I know I’m not alone. What makes this different is that I’m announcing to the world what I’m doing. I have accountability now. That’s a big part. The other thing that is different is that my focus has shifted from random things to a clear life path on what I want to achieve. So, truly knowing what makes me happy and what I want makes a big difference. I have more of a reason to  push forward, unlike a random goal like “lose 20 lbs.” For me, losing weight was an end goal, but I wasn’t very fond of the route to get there and therefore wasn’t motivated to succeed. With my new focus, the journey is just as exciting and rewarding as the end goal so I’m more apt to complete it.

I’m excited to see where this journey will take me. I feel confident that this is the right direction. Immersing myself in prayer, meditation, affirmations, and exercise, I’m sure I’ll have more clarity as I move forward. I encourage you to follow me and also conduct your own experiment!

-CB

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